SEVERAL JAGS SET NEW PERSONAL BEST; MEN RECORD TOP 3 FINISH AT SOUTH REGION PREVIEW

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Six University of South Alabama cross country runners set new personal best on Friday at the South Region Preview hosted by North Alabama at the John Hunt Cross Country Running Park, while the Jaguar men placed third as a team.

Kirami Yego and Teagan Flanagan led the South men as the duo placed inside the top 10 at the meet, finishing fourth and ninth, respectively. Adele Magaud paced the Jag women with a 17th-place finish.

Date: 9/17
Meet: South Region Preview
Host: North Alabama
Place: John Hunt Cross Country Running Park (Huntsville, Ala.)

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS
WOMEN’S – 5K

1. Skylar Boogerd, Ole Miss (16:28.01); 2. Flomena Asekol, Alabama (16:36.24); 3. Sintayehu Vissa, Ole Miss (16:36.58); 4. Ryann Helmers, Ole Miss 16:37.29); 5. Anna Elkin, Ole Miss (16:49.68); 6. Nyah Hernandez, Kennesaw State (16:52.00); 7. Loral Winn, Ole Miss (16:59.96); 8. Lydia Miller, Lipscomb (17:03.21); 9. Sara Bailey, Georgia (17:09.74); 10. Cate Tracht, Ole Miss (17:11.23)
17. Adele Magaud, South Alabama (17:28.75)

MEN’S – 8K
1. Victor Kiprop, Alabama (23:47.39); 2. Eliud Kipsang, Alabama (23:43.23); 3. Hillary Cheruiyot, Alabama (23:44.97); 4. Kirami Yego, South Alabama (23:47.39); 5. Brent Leber, Lipscomb (24:07.13); 6. Michael Hans, Georgia (24:17.65); 7. Jacob Wiggers, Alabama (24:21.76); 8. Matthew Scarr, East Tennessee State (24:25.63); 9. Teagan Flanagan, South Alabama (24:26.22); Brady Johnson, Lipscomb (24:29.01)

TEAM FINISHES
WOMEN’S – 5K

1. Ole Miss (20); 2. Lipscomb (90); 3. Alabama (126); 4. Kennesaw State (155); 5. Samford (160); 6. Georgia (195); 7. Southern Mississippi (207); 8. Mississippi State (258); 9. Chattanooga (261); 10. Tennessee (275); 11. East Tennessee State (324); 12. Tulane (343); 13. South Alabama (344); 14. North Alabama (368); 15. UAB (388); 16. Georgia State (407); 17. Augusta (423); 18. Jacksonville State (441); 19. Mercer (497); 20. Wallace State CC (551); Reinhardt (606)

MEN’S – 8K
1. Alabama (25); 2. Lipscomb (74); 3. South Alabama (116); 4. Ole Miss (122); 5. Georgia (146); 6. East Tennessee State (193); 7. Augusta (205); 8. Tennessee (208); 9. Samford (229); 10. Kennesaw State (248); 11. Mercer (249); 12. North Alabama (261); 13. Chattanooga (370); 14. Tulane (387); 15. Jacksonville State (437); 16. Wallace State CC (497); Reinhardt (523)

SOUTH ALABAMA INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES
WOMEN’S – 5K

17. Adele Magaud (17:28.75); 75. Andonet Cheruiyot (18:54.03); 94. Macy Livingston (19:12.77); 97. Abbey Weitenbeck (19:17.33); 113. Clervie Chagot (19:37.43); 121. Emma Tonsberg (19:47.51); 130. Shay Lee (19:58.62); 161. Meredith Bass (21:58.99)

MEN’S – 8K
4. Kirami Yego (23:47.39); 9. Teagan Flanagan (24:26.22); 30. Charlie Slaughter (25:20.48); 33. Onesmus Kemboi (25:22.76); 46. Nate Pudner (25:45.75); 84. Jared Peaslee (26:28.69); 93. Brandon Kneija (26:55.54); 112. Lance Cunigan (27:25.58)

NOTES
– With his third-place finish at the meet, Yego – the reigning Sun Belt Conference Male Runner of the Week, has finished inside the top 3 in five of his six career races at South.
– Yego set a new personal best for the second-straight week as his 8k time of 23:47.39 was nearly a minute faster than his previous best in the distance. 
– The time was also the ninth fastest run by a male Jaguar runner in the 8k, eclipsing former South runner Tonny Okello’s time of 23:54 ran at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. (9/29/06). 
– After finishing ninth, Flanagan has placed in the top 10 at both of his first two meets this fall.
– Slaughter (25:20.48) also shaved 19 seconds off his previous best time as he set a new personal best in the 8k and recorded his eighth career top 30 result.
– Kneija, a freshman from Pensacola, Fla., made his official debut as a Jag at the meet. The race was the second this fall for Kneija as he ran unattached at the Azalea City Classic.
– Magaud also set a new personal best time in the 5k as she finished 17th with a time of 17:28.75, eclipsing her previous time of 18:22 set last fall at the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The top 20 finish for Magaud was the seventh of her career. 
– Her time was also tied for the fourth-fastest time run by a female South Alabama runner in the 5k, matching Laura Labuschaigne’s mark at the Azalea City Classic (9/8/17).
– With her 75th-place finish, Cheruiyot has now placed inside the top 75 in all but one of her 21 career cross country races.
– Livingston and Weitenbeck both registered top 100 finishes against the talented field, placing 94th and 97th, respectively for the Jag women.
– Livingston also set a new personal best in the distance as her time was one minute, 17 seconds faster than her time at the Azalea City Classic during the opening weekend of the fall.
– Chagot trimmed off over a minute-and-a-half of her 5k time from the Azalea City finishing with a time of 19:37.43.
– Lee also set a new personal best with a 5k time of 19:58.2, her fastest time in the event since running a 20:07 at the Challenge of Champions meet on August 31, 2018.
– John Hunt Cross Country Running Park will also serve as the site of the NCAA South Regional Championships scheduled for Nov. 12.

THEY SAID IT
Head coach Parker Cowles

– On the men’s performance: “Today was a terrific performance as a whole for the men’s team. Teagan Flanagan and [Kirami] Yego, both ran very well and were competitive. I thought they were patient at the start and ran faster as the race progressed. They both had very solid times at the end. I was really pleased with the way Teagan ran in his first big race since joining our program. We can still get better from a depth perspective, but we had a solid performance overall. Moving forward, we just want our 3, 4 and 5 runners up farther in the field.”
– On what Kirami Yego did well out on the course: “Yego was gutsy out of the course and it paid off for him. He was running with some very fast guys from Alabama. He just put himself in there and I think you could tell that we [as a team] haven’t done a lot of speed work and he had some distress over the last 2k, but he held it together well. He put himself out there and really had a great race against some high-level guys.” 
– On the women’s performance: “Adele Magaud had a great race to lead our women. She seems to have really broken through this season. We ran better as a pack and were a little more patient and deliberate. I rarely say this as a coach, but I want to see us run a little more aggressive. I feel we were just grouped up a little too far back in the field. When we go to Louisville in two weeks, I’ll be looking for us to be a little more aggressive at the beginning. Maybe run a little faster and test things out a little bit more. I did think though that they were deliberate with their execution today and it showed with a positive performance for the women.” 

UP NEXT 
– South Alabama men’s and women’s cross country will return to action in two weeks when the two teams compete at the Live in Lou meet held at EP Tome Sawyer State Park In Louisville, Ky. Start times for the races are still to be announced.

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